Today is Nov. 7th and I am currently sitting at the Grotto in Houston, TX. I’m trying my best here to do this timely fashion, I swear. Anyway, it’s been two weeks since I last posted and I’m going to try to be as accurate as possible. Wish me luck.
October 23rd: We played the Jinx in Savannah and it was awesome. Super cool venue. We spent the day exploring and then ended it with our set which was in between rocknroll bingo. We also watched horror movies all night at the bar. It was fantastic. We ended up crashing with Gil and his roommate from Black Tusk and headed off to Jacksonville in the morning.
October 24th: Our drive to Jacksonville was uneventful and when we made it to the venue we had found out no one knew what the fuck we were talking about. We ended up hanging around the bar and making friends. We met this girl Paola and ended up at her apartment which was across the street from the venue. Her and her dog gauge were awesome. With us for the adventure to Paola’s were our new friends Jolie and Fabien (he was from france and has been traveling for the past four years) who we met through the website couchsurfing.org. For those of you who travel check it out. It’s a pretty amazing website that allows you to crash with like minded people. After Paola’s we followed Jolie over to Jacksonville Beach where we went to a Magic Mushroom. It was a crazy night. We ended up back at Jolie’s around 2 am and crashed there for about 2.5 hours. She was flying to L.A. that morning so after dropping Fabien off we headed for a rest area to sleep a few hours.
October 25th: We woke up about 9 am at the rest stop and quickly decided on a game plan. Our tour manager Richie had a friend in Sarasota which was about 45 minutes outside tampa so we decided that was our best bet. We reached Sarasota at about 2:30 and were introduced to Bill and Jill. They were awesome. We ended up staying with bill for a few days and his band is killer. Check them out, they are called the Upshots. After some food we headed to the venue in tampa. It was a good show and a few of the guys we played with ended up coming to see us at fest. After the show we headed back to Bill’s.
October 26th: Some time in the after noon we all decided to wake up and headed over to a guitar center for a quick practice. After the rehearsal we headed to the venue in Pompano beach to play with bill’s band. The show was awesome and we saw some old friends from when Zach and I went to college. After the set we headed back to Bill’s to hang and enjoy our day off.
October 27th: Being in Florida on our day off we decided that it would be ridiculous to miss out on the beaches. We woke up and headed of to the beach. It was beautiful. We ended up in the water attempting to catch fish for about 45 min. It was a good day
October 28th: Not wanting to be a burden on Bill we started our drive to Pampano beach. We ended up stopping in Port Charlotte and staying with our friends Rachel and Ken who we had seen two nights prior at the show. Rachel was an awesome hostess and cooked us all dinner. After dinner we watched “A Cabin In The Woods” and I would highly recommend it. It was hilarious.
October 29th: Pompano Beach! We had a good a show and ended up meeting some more people who we would see at fest. We ended up crashing with this dude Johnny from the Ol’ Dirty Stayouts at his storage unit. It was an awesome space. He runs a record label out of there. We also saw a FUCKING ALLIGATOR. On our way to Pompano Beach there were a couple alligators chilling at gas station.
October 30th: Today was Rabbit Foot Records, a record store in Titusville, FL. Along with being a record store they also cut vinyl records. We got there super early and hung around for a while waiting for the show. We were skeptical at first because we were the only band on the show but luckily for us Titusville as an incredible music community. About 20 people came out to a record store on a wednesday nigh to listen to a band they had never heard of. It was incredible. Also Bill from Sarasota surprised us and came to the show!
October 31st: FEST!!!! Day one of fest and it was awesome. We checked in and decided to check out Gainesville. It was an awesome city. During our exploration we stopped over to say whatsup to our bud’s in The Bouncing Souls before their set and also ran into our bud’s in The Mom’s and our friend max. We say The Holy Mess, Red City Radio, Tim Barry, The Menzingers, and the Bouncing Souls. After the show we ended up in kitchen of Loosey’s with the Souls, Mark Stern from Youth Brigade and bunch of others. It was a crazy night.
Nov 1st: More Festing. We saw Mikey Erg, The Flatliners, Teenage Bottle Rockets, A Wilhelm Scream and a few others. Also, hector got shit faced.
Nov 2nd: We were all collectively dead from the past two days. We met up with our bud’s in OC45 and saw our friend Brian McGee of Plow United play a solo set. Early bed time.
Nov 3rd: We had a killer show at 1982, one of my favorites of tour so far. It was over all an awesome day. That morning we got to see FILMAGE and then ended the night with an incredible set by ALL
Nov 4th: Studio! It’s a secret. We will tell you about it later.
Nov 5th: Pensacola, FL. We played a hardcore show with Code Orange Kids. It was weird. Apparently the water is no good to drink because of chemical dumping by Monsanto. Oh the world we live in. We shot to a rest stop and had a good nights sleep in the van.
Nov 6th: After two weeks-ish we finally made it out of Florida. We played the Scout Bar in Houston with Grizzly Band. They killed it. The venue was beautiful too. We had our own dressing room with a shower and all. The high life!
I’ll let you know how the show goes! I’m also going to be posting a shit load of pictures so look out for those.
Once again we are traversing the US on tour and I’m going to attempt to keep up with a tour diary. We have some awesome shows coming up this tour. We have THE FEST in gainesville, a show with Code Orange Kids right after FEST and Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX where we will be opening for The Misfits.
We hit the road on the 17th stopping at my parent’s house in MD to print some tshirts. One day we will be prepared when we leave for tour, until then we will print shirts from the road. As always my parents made us feel right at home. We woke up the morning of the 18th and headed down to Richmond.
It was our first time in Richmond, VA and it was awesome. Super cool city. Our show with The Gospel and Blackout Shift went well. It was a fun night and Mike Jones and his wife Kensey of The Gospel let us crash at their house. After a few episodes of Digimon with their son Reid and a trip to River City Diner we headed down to Whiteville, NC to crash with our tour manager Richie’s parents.
Our drive to Whiteville was an easy one and that whole “southern hospitality” thing is no joke. We were greeted with fried chicken, biscuits and mac’n’cheese. After food and a whole bunch of Modern Family we went to walmart to pick up somethings. We headed back to Richie’s house, watched some Inglorious Basterds and passed out.
That morning we woke up and headed down to Wilmington. If you have never been there it’s a super cool city. We played at Orton’s and it was so far our best show of tour. We played with No Label’s Fit and The You’re Gonna Die and go to Hell’s. Both bands killed it and it was an incredible show. After the show we got a head start to Charleston, SC where we managed to book a last minute show at The Mill. We made it about half way and pulled over in walmart parking lot to get a few hours of sleep.
The show at The Mill was okay but the hospitality we received from Wally, the owner, was second to none. It was a good time and Charleston, SC treated us well. As soon as the show was over we headed to Savannah, GA where I currently sit as I write this post.
Hope to see you guys one the road. There will be more, I promise.